Does it even matter if Stormy Daniels had an affair with Donald Trump?
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Does it even matter if Stormy Daniels had an affair with Donald Trump?

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Porn star Stormy Daniels is suing President Trump, arguing their non-disclosure agreement, which prevented her from talking about their alleged sexual encounter, was invalid. Critics argue the hush money paid to Daniel by Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen may have violated campaign finance lawsBut others believe Trump's alleged affair with Daniels just isn't important. There's enough to worry about in the world, but Trump's sex life shouldn't be one of them. What do you think?

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Porn star Stormy Daniels is alleging she had an affair with President Trump and was paid $130,000 in hush money not to speak about their encounter. Some argue this story is relevant because it indicates a possible violation of campaign finance laws in an attempt to silence Daniels.

The bedrock principle of our campaign finance laws is that Americans have a right to know who is paying for campaigns and how their money is being spent to influence our votes. Surely that includes the $130,000 that was funneled to adult film star Stormy Daniels by President Trump's attorney and used to buy her silence days before the 2016 election.

Daniels is now speaking publicly about her encounter with Trump, arguing their non-disclosure agreement is invalid because Trump himself never signed it. This is about more than just infidelity, it's about the Trump campaign illegally silencing someone.

By failing to report the payment as a campaign expense, the Trump campaign violated multiple federal disclosure laws. And depending on the source of the $130,000 paid to Daniels, the payment may also have been an illegal contribution. If the funds came from a corporation like the Trump Organization, the payment would be an illegal corporate contribution because corporations are prohibited from make contributions to federal candidates. And if the money came from Cohen or anyone other than Trump himself, it would violate the $2,700 limit on individual contributions to a federal candidate.

But others argue the Stormy Daniels story just isn't important. If the voters elected Donald Trump after the Access Hollywood tape came out, they aren't going to care about Trump having an affair with a porn star.

We’re allowing a former porn star to distract us from the greatest task facing the American people — limiting Donald Trump to a one-term president. Stormy Daniels isn’t going get the job done for us. We’ve got to come at Trump with something much stronger than allegations that he slept with an adult film star a decade before he got to the White House.

Time spent worrying about Stormy Daniels is time spent not worrying about pressing issues like immigration, health care or war with North Korea. A story about a porn star may be salacious, but that kind of content is better left to the tabloids.

We should have learned by now that sexual misconduct does not have the firepower to knock a sitting president out of office. Presidents faced accusations of infidelity long before Trump, and after the buzz died down, most Americans moved on. We can be pretty certain that Stormy Daniels, or any other woman who claims to have had an affair with Trump, isn’t going to be the thing that brings him down.
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